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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 29, 2007 1:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 non jam band concerts

I saw Nelson in the 70s with Kristoferson and they were both great, but it was a huge venue which detracted abit....lot of rednecks.

Lee Michaels was amazing back then--agree on the volume issue.

Good choices.

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Poster: gmcgill Date: Jul 29, 2007 1:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 non jam band concerts

Willie was sort of like seeing the Greatful Dead (I know, Blasphemy!) in terms of there being something different with each show. I probably saw Willie 100 times...small clubs, big arenas, the 1974, 75, and 76 "picnics", playing with others, etc. Fairly stable song list over the years, but each show had something different...a different vibe. To me, Willie is an American classic, on the same level with Louis Armstrong and Jerry Garcia. If you haven't, give a listen with an open mind to:

Phases & Stages
Red Headed Stranger
Somewhere over the Rainbow

At the time of those releases, these were VERY different.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 29, 2007 1:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 non jam band concerts

not blasphemy at all, but stone, cold truth. Willie is one of the greatest artists ever - and his playing is seriously underrated.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jul 29, 2007 2:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 non jam band concerts

I'm gonna tone in on the Willie bandwagon great performer. I just never got to see his 7-7-89 equivalent performance.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 29, 2007 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 non jam band concerts

to bring it full circle:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6444987

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jul 29, 2007 3:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 non jam band concerts

OK not sure why this is but I really feel like I'm getting old when Willie starts covering the Dead. I guess more than us riders missed him now hat He's Gone.

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Poster: gmcgill Date: Jul 29, 2007 1:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 5 non jam band concerts

Actually, I would argue that "Shotgun Willie", "Phases & Stages" and "Red Headed Stranger" were the "American Beauty" and "Workingman's Dead" of Willie's catalog.

Bias noted: I'm a native Texan and drove around in 1976 with a bumper sticker on my MG Midget (another story entirely...) that said "Willie for President"